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With the best articles on caring for natural hair, Curly Nikki is your source for inspiration and advice. Find out about the latest styles and trends today!

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    by Jonna of BlackNaps.org

    We are deep into summer right now, and spending the days and nights at the pool or the beach are a must. Whether you’re headed to your community swimming pool, or hitting the sand for some beach fun, don’t let your hair keep you from enjoying yourself. If you’re looking for some hairstyle ideas that you can wear to the pool or beach, we have you covered.

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    But first, let’s talk about how you can protect your hair from the chlorine and salt if you plan to wear your hair out. One technique is to saturate the hair with water and conditioner before you go swimming. The idea is that once the hair has absorbed the water and conditioner, it is more difficult for it to absorb the chlorinated or salt water. After you are done playing in the water, be sure to cleanse and condition your hair. If you were in water treated with chlorine, be sure to use a shampoo designed to remove chlorine.

    Now let’s check out some of our favorite beach and pool friendly hair style tutorials!

    3 Easy Beach Styles by TribeCalledCurl. These styles are made for the lazy naturalistas of the world who want to look styled and chic, and still beach appropriate. These styles are great for medium/long hair.


    Beach Hairstyle for Short Hair by Gloria Ann. We can’t leave out the naturals with short hair, so this tutorial is just for you.


    Durable Protective Style by GirlsLoveYourCurls. If you’re looking for a style for kids and adults alike, this tutorial is what you need. It’s a mix of flat twists and two-strand twists, using african threading to make the style last longer.


    Twisted Bun by LaToya Codner. This style is super simple is for medium length hair, and is a cute variation on a bun to keep your hair out of the way while you play.


    We hope these styles have given you some inspiration for hairstyles to rock to the swimming pool or the beach. These styles will not only look cute, but help you protect your tresses from the chlorine, salt, and harsh sun.

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    by Sabrina Perkins of Seriouslynatural.org

    From olive to coconut, it seems as though every oil we come across is better than the next. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype, especially when we see our favorite You Tubers and hair crushes raving about the newest trends.

    Although most of us would like to argue that coconut oil is the be-all-end-all solution for everything from dry scalp to crusty feet, apricot oil has been making waves for a while as possibly being one of the best oils in the game. So what’s so great about it? What is it about apricot oil that has everyone in such a tizzy?

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    Apricot oil is derived from dried apricot kernels that have been cold pressed. These kernels have an oil content of about 40-50% and is mainly composed of linoleic and oleic fatty acids, as well as Vitamin A, D & E. The fatty acids that it contains work wonders for both skin and hair health, paving the way for apricot oil to make its way into a host of different beauty products of all descriptions.

    What Apricot Oil Does For Your Hair
    Oleic acid specifically makes both hair and skin softer and more pliable while linoleic acid actively stimulates hair growth and aid in moisture retention. Although it does not penetrate the actual hair shaft, apricot oil prevents moisture from evaporating from your strands. This is incredibly important for those of us who suffer from high porosity hair (such as myself) and loses moisture easily.

    Apricot oil is very light, which is perfect if your hair has the tendency to feel greasy with other carrier oils. Its light nature allows it to be used as a sealant, leave-in, pre-poo, post-poo, hot oil treatment, and as a treatment for dry scalp.

    Apricot oil seals moisture into the hair shaft by shaping the scales of the cuticle and holding them together. This helps protect the hair from harsh elements and damage, and smooth cuticles encourage hair sheen. Vitamin A helps heal a host of skin conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis and eczema. In addition to this, Vitamin E prevents free radicals and UV damage in order to reduce the risk of damage from pollution and harmful UVA rays.

    How to Use Apricot Oil
    This amazing oil is fairly versatile in its use in comparison to some heavier carrier oils. It can be used to grease the scalp, as pre-poo, hot oil treatment, as a leave-in, split end “mender,” and as an oil treatment before chemical hair treatments. Add apricot oil to your favorite conditioner, shampoo, leave-ins and creams.

    Since it’s a carrier oil, it can be paired with essential oils such as lavender, peppermint and rosemary as a custom oil mixture and can be whipped with your favorite butters in order to aid in their sealant properties.

    What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate apricot oil into your regimen?

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    IG @khadijashari 

    Andrea Whiting of Forkinkygirls.com

    Your genetic makeup is usually the main factor in hair growth, but exercising can also promote and maximize healthy hair growth.  While cardiovascular exercise is obviously a great way to maintain a healthy and properly functioning body, the improved blood circulation allows the transportation of nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles, which is essential for growth.  Where there's adequate blood flow, there is stimulation and growth! 

    Another reason exercise can lead to an increase in hair growth and retention is because it reduces stress.  Stress is a factor in stunted hair growth and also premature hair loss. Stress increases cortisone, the hormone that is responsible for hair thinning.  Exercise naturally lowers cortisone levels while increasing serotonin, the hormone that allows you to feel energized and happy.

    So exercise for healthy body, mind and curls!




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    Hola Chicas!

    Gather 'round... it's story time!

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    "Once upon a time in a place that could have been any place, in a time that could have been any time, there was a beautiful garden with apple and orange trees, beautiful roses, all happy and satisfied.  Everything was happiness in the garden, except for a tree that was terribly sad.  The poor tree had a problem: It didn't know who it was!

    "What you lack is concentration," the apple tree would tell it. "If you really tried, you could have delicious apples.  See how easy it is." "Don't listen to him," the rose bush would plead.  "It's easier to have roses, and look how beautiful we are!" The desperate tree would try everything that they suggested, but since he couldn't be like the rest, every time he would feel more and more frustrated.

    One day an owl arrived at the garden, the wisest of all the birds, and at seeing the desperation of the tree exclaimed, "Don't worry.  Your problem is not that serious. It's the same as that of many humans on earth! I will give you the solution: Don't dedicate your life to being what others want you to be.  Be yourself. Know yourself, and to do that, listen to your inner voice." And having said that, the owl disappeared.

    "My inner voice? Be myself? Know myself? the desperate tree would ask himself, when suddenly he understood.  Closing his ears, he opened his heart and finally heard his inner voice telling him, "You will never give apples because you are not an apple tree, and you will not bloom every spring because you are not a rose bush.  You are a redwood, and your destiny is to grow tall and majestic.  You are here to give shelter to the birds, shade to the travelers, beauty to the countryside! You have a mission! Go for it!" And the tree felt strong and sure of itself and it set itself out to be all that it was meant to be.  In this way, it quickly filled its space and was admired and respected by everyone.  Only then was the garden completely happy.

    As I look around I ask myself, "How many are redwoods that don't allow themselves to grow? How many are rose bushes that for fear only give thorns?  How many orange trees are there that don't know how to bloom?" In life we all have a destiny to fulfill, a space to fill up.  Let's not let anyone or anything prevent us from knowing and sharing the marvelous essence of our being."

    --excerpt from 'The Easiest Way' by Mabel Katz 


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    CurlyNikki says:

    I read the above story this morning after my meditation and felt compelled to share it here on CN. I hope it resonated with you as much as it did with me! 

    When I stopped trying to live up to other's expectations of me (even Momma and Daddy's), and instead got quiet and turned inward (where all the answers have always been), my life began unfolding in miraculous ways.  I found that my biggest 'weakness', my sensitive nature, was actually one of my greatest strengths.  What you are is always, already perfection, it's just thoughts (and people) that tell you otherwise.  

    So how do you 'get quiet and turn inward'? First realize that nobody's got the answers, Sway.  Not even you.  Next, set aside some time to meditate.  

    I start each day off with 15-30 minutes of meditation.  My method is effortless.  I simply watch my thoughts until they grow quiet (a la Eckhart Tolle, it's like an alert, inner listening--I ask myself, 'I wonder what my next thought will be?' and then wait... a thought will arise, and then I ask the question again and then wait with attentiveness for the next thought to come.  The gaps of silence grow longer and longer and after about 5 minutes, an inner spontaneous good feeling arises and I simply watch it. The good feeling (call it love, peace, bliss, GOD within) is not forced, it's simply noticed, and sometimes it's so strong, I'll find that I'm smiling. I do this before I get out of the bed (laying down or sitting up in a reclined position) and do it again before I go to sleep.  I also do it as often as I can during the day (feeling the good feeling while driving, eating, talking, listening, etc.), even if just for a few seconds.  

    This simple act (or non-act, it's really a state of BEing) helps me stay connected to what matters and this inner peace is always, without fail, reflected as right actions and outer abundance.  I don't 'hear' a voice, I experience a shift, or an inner perception, and as long as I remember to remember to turn to it throughout the day, to be aware of it, my steps are ordered.   

    I cannot say that I have found my life purpose as it's usually defined, but I know that I am on the path, my path, and for that, I'm grateful.  In fact, it is my opinion that my purpose is not an activity, talent, thing, or particular goal or destination, but HOW I choose to live.  This conscious, moment to moment choosing of how to live (or rather, how to BE, connected to what matters), is my purpose.  It is the path.  And at the end of the day, the path is all there ever is... so you might as well enjoy every second of it!  

    Later Gators, 
    Nik

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    Check out Doyin Badewa's quick and easy natural hair summer styles! Enjoy!

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    IG @samanthapollack

    by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

    Everyone knows how long it takes to do their hair on a weekly/daily basis. It’s a long process that’s exciting when you’re a new natural, but after 52 weeks of doing the same thing, you get tired of it and as your hair gets longer, it takes more time to wash, style and maintain.

    You want all the easy, simple and quick without compromising the health of your hair. Everyone wants a simple routine with the same great results, and it can be done!

    Here are a seven tips to shave time off your weekly hair regimen:

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    Plan ahead
    You know the length of your hair and how long it takes to wash, comb, style and maintain on a daily/weekly basis.  Therefore, plan what style you’re going to do ahead of time and gather the products and tools that you’re going to use, so you don’t have to spend time trying to figure it out as you go.

    If you don’t know what to do with your hair - bun it! You can never go wrong with a simple yet classy or messy bun with some laid edges.

    Do your hair in sections
    Doing your hair in 4/6 sections saves soooooooo much time. Especially if you’re at APL (Arm Pit Length) and beyond. It makes wash days and styling so much easier. When you part your hair in sections you’re able to focus on one section making sure all the hair strands get the proper TLC instead of doing your whole head of hair at once.

    Wash your hair in the shower while showering
    Why not kill two birds with one stone i.e. showering and washing your hair?  Washing your hair can save so much time instead of bathing and then washing it in the kitchen/bathroom/washroom sink. Also, washing it in the shower allows you to deep condition while getting a steamy shower and saves you time instead of having to deep condition out of the shower for 45 minutes to an hour.

    Keep your weekly style simple
    keep your weekly hair style simple, whether it’s a braid out or twist out, bun, or high puff. You need a style that is manageable and easy to do so you don’t spend 4 hours on your hair every day. You can do it in two hours...MAX (or less) and the next day your hair is dry and flyyyyyy for work/school.

    Use products that keep your hair moisturized
    No one wants to be re-moisturizing their hair every, single night after a long day at school or work.  So use products that keep your hair moisturized days after your initial styling session, so you can just do a light spritz of water/coconut water and oil to keep your hair lubricated and happy. Products like EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Leave-In Conditioner or SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk are known for giving lasting moisture for days.

    Find simple techniques
    Find simple techniques that work for your hair. Pre-poo overnight or deep condition overnight because it saves time and your hair strands are being penetrated while you get a good night’s rest.

    No slacking off
    We all love our natural hair and want to see it grow and flourish. Hence, even though we found ways to reduce our time to take care of it, it doesn’t mean we should slack off all together. Slacking off, or procrastinating when it comes to detangling and washing just prolongs the time to do our hair the next time. Also, don't skip the deep conditioning (for elasticity and lasting moisture), monthly cleansing sessions (to prevent product build-up) or protein treatments (to avoid splits) they're really worth the extra effort!

    What tips to you use to shave off time?

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    Washday blues…ugh! They will have you cursing for sure. We love our curls, coils, and waves but sometimes we get tired of the extra work many of us face during washday. I used to dread washday but now I have gotten my washday down to a science by planning ahead. This is a necessary component of healthy hair, so I put on my big girl panties and do what I gotta do!

    Let’s not even pretend you do not understand what I am saying. You, yes you are the biggest culprit for your tangled washdays. I am calling you out (myself included), because we can make them easier if we take the time to ensure they run smoother. Here are a few ways to avoid tangles and simplify your washday.

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    1. Do not put off washday
    Let me say this one more time for the people in the back row, yea, you in your feelings right now, I’m talking to you! Do not put it off until you have a tangled mess to wash! How many of us have procrastinated washday because we are either tired, forget, dread it, or feel too lazy marinating in our own funk to care? This is part of the reason washday becomes a chore. Putting it off is not only keeping your hair dirtier longer, but you are allowing the tangles to accumulate.

    Dr. Oz says the average person loses anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs every single day and about 100,000 shed hairs follow a predictable cycle. They are either growing (anagen phase), not growing (catagen phase), or resting (telogen phase) and then they are released during the last phase.
    These hairs that will shed do not stop when you do not feel like washing your hair. They only grow more intertwined throughout the length of your attached hair.

    No one is suggesting that you detangle daily, but if you put it off then you are allowing the shed and unshed hair to become more densely tangled. Every single time I put off washing my hair I regret it. If you are reading this article with hair that has not been detangled in a month, here are some tips to help what could be awaiting you.

    2. Pre-poo
    A pre-poo is an oil treatment that is applied prior to shampooing your hair. Favored oils for most naturals include olive oil or coconut oil, but you can select whichever oil you like. A pre-poo will help to dissolve your tangles, and the longer you let it sit (15-30 min) the easier it will break down the tangles and allow your washday to become a breeze.

    3. Section
    I cannot stress this enough! I understand if you are in the TWA stage and it may not be necessary, but when your hair is no longer a TWA and you notice more tangles when washing, it is now time to make a change - this typically occurs when the hair is around 6 inches in length. Washing in sections allows you to be more productive by allowing you to concentrate on smaller portions.

    4. Use tons of conditioner
    Conditioner is your friend. Love it, cherish it, and use it! Washday is not the time to be stingy, and if you already incorporate the Curly Girl Method or the Tightly Curly Method then you already know the power of conditioner. Conditioner allows you to remove the tangles successfully without yanking out gobs of hair. Adding a few drops of oil to your conditioner will also help in eliminating tangles without ripping out strands of hair. And please, do not forget to detangle starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots.

    5. Co-wash
    Not everyone is into co-washing and I understand. Despite your misgivings on the subject, if you are noticing more tangles with shampoo, then you may want to give co-washing a try. Shampoos are meant to cleanse and many (but not all) contain harsh surfactants that alter the pH of the hair and induce tangles as you massage the scalp. Co-washing is just using daily conditioners or co-wash formulated products (such as As I Am Cleansing Co-Wash and DevaCurl Low Poo) to gently cleanse while also conditioning your tresses. I have tried the sulfate-free shampoos but my hair does not like the stripped feeling, so I jumped on the co-washing bandwagon and never looked back.

    Trying one or more of these tips should really cut down on your tangles. Remember to take your time so you are not tugging at your hair.  

    Has anyone tried any of these methods? If not then what are you using to doing to make your washday easier?

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  • 08/05/16--08:25: 100 Pumps of Conditioner

  • Jewellianna Palencia writes:

    We always read the directions on hair products about adding a "dime-sized amount to your hair". And I think that every natural can see the humor in this statement. Well with the ongoing trend on YouTube about “100 coats of mascara, “100 layers of foundation”, “100 coats of nail polish”, etc., I wanted to make my own version of it and try it out on natural hair. I decided to put “100 Pumps of Conditioner” on my natural hair, let it air-dry and see if it turned out to be an utter disaster, or a complete success! What do you guys think? Does 100 Pumps of conditioner sound completely ridiculous or does it sound like a normal part of curly hair routines? Check out the video to see how my hair turned out with 100 pumps of conditioner! I hope you enjoy!

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    source: pinterest

    by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

    Special occasions may call for you to have a sleek style or you may simply just want to change things up with a different look. Luckily you do not have to sacrifice your hair’s health as you can achieve a sleek look without using heat at all.

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    Before You Start

    I won’t lie to you, it is a process especially if you have kinky textured hair! You also need to know which products work the best when it comes to giving your hair hold. Many naturals rave about Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel and I am sure for them it works great. I happen to prefer the Black Eco Styler Gel because the hold lasts better for me.

    The Process

    1. Begin the process on clean (build-up free),air dried and stretched hair. (Important! Starting off like this yields the best results.)
    2. Lightly mist your hair with water. No need to saturate just mist.
    3. Do a side part or lay your hair in the direction you want it to fall into.
    4. Work with your hair section by section adding your favorite gel or jam. This is important to get the best coverage. (Important! It’s more timely but you MUST work in sections).
    5. Secure with a ponytail holder when you are all done.
    6. Wrap your hair with a satin or silk scarf to further lay your hair.

    Good Visuals


    Gel Used: Eco Styler Protein Styling Gel (my personal fav)


    Gel Used: Ampro Shine ‘n Jam Extra Hold Conditioning Gel with Honey Extract

    While this method is time consuming, it’s very straight forward. So if you have a bridezilla on your case to get a sleek hairstyle for her wedding or you just want to; you will not have to worry about the risk of heat damage.

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    by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

    Braids are one of the most popular protective styles in the natural hair community. I personally have been wearing braids for years to retain length and to abstain from over-manipulating my hair.
    If you’ve never done your own braids and would like to learn, just remember that practice makes perfect. You might not get it on the first try but don’t give up! Trust me, the money you keep in your pocket from doing your own hair is well worth the effort.

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    1. Traditional Box Braids


    You’ll Need: 12-15 packs of Kanekalon/Braiding Hair

    Time to Install: 4-6 hours

    If you’ve never done your own box braids, you may think it’s harder than it actually is. Learning how to do them just takes a little time and patience, but once you have the technique down, you’ll be able to manipulate your hair into many different styles.

    Check out this easy and informative tutorial from ForeverCryssy:



    2. Crochet Havana Mambo Twists


    You’ll Need: 6-7 Packs of Crochet Havana Mambo Twists

    Time to Install: 2-4 hours

    Now this is just one of the many amazing ways to style and wear crochet braids, but what’s great about pretty much any crochet braid style is that your braiding pattern underneath doesn’t have to perfect. Even though I can easily install individual braids, creating tight, clean cornrows has never come easy for me. But if you feel like you just need to have flawless braids underneath and can’t do them yourself, you can also get someone else to assist you in the process.

    iMadameJay shows how this style can be worn two ways: twisted or unraveled, just like a twistout. Either way, you can’t go wrong! Plus, you can add hair jewelry to your twists to spice this look up even more.



    3. Ghana Cornrows

    
You’ll Need: 3 packs of braiding hair

    Time to Install: 2-4 hours

    These braids are a fun way to switch up your styling. If you like protective styling without the long-term commitment, Ghana braids are great for changing your look for just a couple of weeks so you won’t start missing your curls too much. Plus, they only take a few hours to install, which is always a plus. However, the technique is more suitable for an intermediate/advanced braider, so prepare for a learning curve if you’re doing them yourself for the first time.

    You can see in this video by J’adoreMyCurls that this style relies heavily on creating the perfect part, so keep that in mind when you begin.


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    Hola Chicas,

    I'm giving away 6 Conditioning Baskets(worth ~$90 each) this month (August 2016) to question askers and answerers!

    If you see a curly-in-need who has asked a question under a post, answer it! If you are a curly who has a question that needs an answer, ask it! Not under this post, on all the posts! 

    The first three baskets will go to the three curlies with the highest number of posts this month (8/1-8/31, comments from previous months don't count) and the next three will go to three randomly selected commenters.  Past winners are eligible!

    Which posts/articles count for the contest? All of them!  Good luck!

    *contest ends Aug 31st, 2016 at 5pm EST*

    *Please only post comments that spark conversation and further discussion. Free products are EVERYTHING but this is really about strengthening our community and helping other naturals!*

    *US citizens only
     
    Later Gators,
    Nik

    Click for last month's winners!>>>>
    CONGRATS!!! #WinnerWinnerChickenDinner 

    Destiny
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    email me ASAP at nikki@curlynikki.com using 'July winner' in the subject line!

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    Watch asShekia Reneashows us how she installs crochet braids quickly and easily using Jamaican Bounce Pre-Curled Hair!  Enjoy!

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    by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

    Summer is here and you know what that means, mango season is in full effect. One of the most popular fruits eaten around the world, the mango, is best known for its fragrant smell and sweet, juicy flesh. These fruit carries a host of different essential vitamins and nutrients that help ward off heart disease and diabetes, as well as preventing asthma, protect against certain types of cancers, and even aids in calcium absorption.

    Aside from being incredibly delicious, mangoes have also proven valuable when it comes to skin and hair health. Everything from the skins to the seed have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic treatments for conditions ranging from dandruff to hair loss.

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    What’s in a Mango?
    Well, a typical mango contains about 1g protein, 0.5g fat, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin K, Copper, Calcium, and Potassium. The composition of this fruit is the perfect cocktail which provides your scalp the nutrients to produce sebum and moisturize the hair. The consumption of this fruit will also maintain the elasticity of your hair and skin due to the collagen-building Vitamin C. With that being said, here are 5 reasons why you should consider introducing mango into your hair regimen…

    Dandruff Treatment
    No matter what hair type you have, dandruff is one of the most annoying things to deal with. The constant flaking of your scalp can be the result of a number of things ranging from product build-up to under-active sebum activity. If you’re tired of seeing those little white flakes on your clothes and pillowcase, then mango just might be your answer. Now, the best mango product to use for this would be either mango oil or mango butter, which is extracted from the seed. After cleansing the scalp, gently massage the oil into the skin for 2-3 minutes. Do this twice a week until you see improvement.

    Promotes Hair Growth
    Since the sebum glands are kicking it into gear, it’s only natural that this fruit promotes hair growth, right? Vitamins A and C are essential for both scalp and hair health. As a matter of fact, Vitamin C is one of the most effective nutrients that helps to grow and repair damaged hair. While Vitamin A is there to heal and protect the hair and scalp, Vitamin C kick starts that cell turnover and sebum production, resulting in strong, healthy new growth.

    Prevents Hair Loss
    This pretty much coincides with the fact that it promotes hair growth. Once you’ve used the oil religiously, you’ll notice that the scalp is much healthier and the hair is significantly stronger, resulting in less hair fall.

    Moisturizes
    Since the mango is about 80% water, it’s safe to say that it’d be perfect for moisturizing the hair. Couple this with its restorative properties and you have a recipe for success. It’s best to pair the mango with something thick or creamy so that your end product isn’t too watery. Pair with an avocado, banana and a tbsp of honey for the perfect moisturizing treatment. I recommend pureeing all of your ingredients into a smooth consistency, and then straining it through a mesh sieve before applying it to your hair. You could also use mango oil as a hot oil treatment.

    Prevents Grey Hair
    I’m not sure how true this is, but according to a number of Ayurvedic sites, mango seed oil can help prevent and reduce the appearance of grey hairs…but don’t quote me on this.

    What are some ways you incorporate mango into your regimen?

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    IG @_journeytowaistlength

    by Sabrina ofSeriouslyNatural.org

    Planning a wedding is tedious, time-consuming and takes all of your energy to go smoothly. While many natural hair brides have opted for straight styles in the past, more are donning their natural beauty with pride.

    Do you have a wedding or other formal event to attend and are clueless about how to style your natural hair? If so, this article is just for you. We often hear naturals complain about how difficult it is to style their hair for dressy, black-tie events and honestly, it shouldn't be. Even though having natural hair comes with its own set of challenges, creating a stylish, sophisticated look isn’t one of them.

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    There are many formal styling options for women with natural hair that are flattering and elegant and here are 3 updos that are perfect for an upcoming fall wedding.

    CLASSY UPDO – JOURNEY TO WAIST LENGTH

    This beautiful and popular natural hair vlogger created a simple, yet classy up-do that is perfect for a wedding, evening out or a special engagement. To achieve this style, she began by roller setting freshly washed hair with Curlformers. If you don’t have Curlformers, flexi rods or perm rods would work as well.


    After allowing her hair to dry and curls to set, she removed the Curlformers and gently separated the curls. She began creating the up-do by pinning the curls loosely back, starting with an angled twist in the front half of her head. The remaining curls were pinned back to form a large bun. This style is glamorous and gives the bride room to experiment with hair accessories, such as jeweled pins or flowers.

    SHIRLEY TEMPLE CURL UPDO – NATURALLY TEMI

    This Nigerian beauty blogger created a beautiful, playful hairstyle that would be perfect for a natural bride, bridesmaid or wedding guest. For this style, she began with roller setting her hair with medium sized perm rods. After the curls were set, she removed the rollers, carefully separated the curls and fluffed her roots with a pick comb.

    She then began pinning the curls up into a semi Frohawk. The curls in the front were pulled forwards and pinned to create a faux bang. We love this style because it can easily be modified and pinned in endless different ways from fully loose pinned in various ways with flowers or a bridal headpiece.

    3 NATURAL HAIR UP-DO'S – MARIA ANTOINETTE


    This video is actually a compilation of three different wedding-inspired natural hair tutorials using Cantu Shea Butter products. All the styles featured in this video are beautiful and perfect for any natural bride, but we really adore style two – the classic bun.

    To get this look, Maria began by pulling her blow-dried natural hair into a high ponytail. She used Cantu edge control and a satin scarf to tame her edges. To create the bun, she used a pack of Marley braid hair. The braid hair was put into a large two-strand twist and then folded into a hair net to create a bun. Maria then separated her ponytail into three sections and pinned them out of the way.


    The faux bun was then attached to the base of the ponytail with bobby pins. After the faux bun was securely in place, Maria removed the pinned sections of her ponytail and used it to cover and conceal the hair net.

    What I love the most about all of these styles is how they can be created without going to a stylist, can be dressed up or down, and adding pins or flowers make them absolutely stunning!

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    Image Source: MyHairprint.com

    by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

    No, it’s not henna, indigo or a tea rinse. It’s a brand new product called Hairprint that may revolutionize hair coloring by restoring your hair’s natural pigment by utilizing your own body’s internal chemistry.

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    According to the creators,

    “Hair dyes work by opening up the cuticle and cortex of the hair, using ammonia or MEA, removing the color that is there, and placing a new color (a coal tar dye) in its place.

    Rather than stripping hair of its color then bonding foreign dyes to hair using couplers, oxidizers and harsh chemicals, Hairprint works by replacing the missing pigment common to brown and black hair. During a Hairprint treatment, new eumelanin is synthesized within the cortex structure of the hair restoring its innate color. This process is called melanogenesis and occurs constantly in the human body. Hairprint creates the precursors of eumelanin, relatively small monomers that penetrate the cuticle layer into the cortex where they form eumelanin pigments that polymerize and become too large to be washed or abraded out”.

    A demo of how the product is applied


    Looks like a lengthy process (Hairprint says it typically takes 70 minutes; longer if you are new to applying it). However, if being completely chemical free is what you want and you are not fond of your gray this may be worth a try.

    It contains 8 ingredients

    Baking Soda
    Sodium carbonate
    Mucuna pruriens extract
    Hydrogen peroxide
    Ferrous gluconate
    Manganese gluconate
    Carbomer
    Diatomaceous earth

    Their explanation of the ingredients,

    “Baking soda is what we use at home for baking and cleaning. Mucuna pruriens extract is made from velvet beans. Sodium carbonate is made from salt and limestone. Ferrous and manganese gluconate are both vitamin supplements. Hydrogen peroxide is made of oxygen and water and naturally occurs in the hair follicle. Carbomer is an inert thickener used in shampoos and pharmaceuticals. Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock made from ancient deposits of hard-shelled algae”.

    What you should know before you buy:

    For women who have dark relaxed hair Hairprint recommends that you discontinue relaxer for the best results and to avoid dryness.

    For relaxed hair that is light brown or brown Hairprint is not recommended at all. The reason for this is, “The chemicals in relaxers damage the internal structure of your hair and will cause your hair to become too dark. You would need to wait until the hair has grown out before applying Hairprint”.
    If you have used any product containing Metallic Salts do not use Hairprint. Some henna products or hair dyes may include this ingredient. If you have used 100% pure Henna with no other added ingredients, you are cools :-).

    Would you try it?!

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    by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

    Fo' shizzle.

    Hollywood's unlikeliest power couple is returning to airwaves this fall. Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg? Snoop Lion? S-N-Double O-P will team up to host Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party on VH1.

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    The OG and the lifestyle expert will invite celeb pals over for what VH1 calls, "a half-baked evening of cocktails, cooking, conversation and fun where nothing is off limits."

    Snoop appeared on Martha's show in 2008, helping to make Martha's mom's mashed potatoes, and again in 2015, sharing his brownie recipe.

    "We're thrilled to partner with Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, two of pop culture's biggest icons," said Chris McCarthy, president of VH1 and Logo. "Good parties are filled with fun, food and unexpected guests. Wait 'til you see what happens at Martha and Snoop's Dinner Party; it will be unforgettable."

    The rapper-producer seems excited about the project, telling Variety, "My homegirl Martha and I have a special bond that goes back. “We’re gonna be cooking, drinking, and having a good time with our exclusive friends. Can’t wait for you to see how we roll."


    Wonder if the menu includes gin and juice.

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    Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.



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    by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

    #Hairgoals. We all want strong, healthy hair, but we also want to have incredible length. Shrinkage is an ego killer--but here are 5 ways to get the unbelievable length you've been dreaming of.

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    1. Know, so you can grow.
    Do you know your hair? Not just whether it's 4C or 3A, but really know it. What types of products does your hair love? Everyone should stay away from parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl), but how does your hair react to other ingredients? Before you start buying miracle oils, get to know your hair. What works for your girl may not work for you.

    2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. And then moisturize again.
    To hydrate hair and keep it growing, deep condition weekly. Deep conditioning brings life back to limp strands and revitalizes curls. hair that is regularly deep conditioned is more manageable, softer, and longer, because it's less prone to breakage. Deep condition weekly and keep hair healthy with oils like coconut and jojoba or raw shea butter. Massaging your scalp with castor oil also helps to stimulate growth. 


    3. Get frequent trims.
    Like rapper O.T. Genasis reminds us, sometimes you need to cut it. "Hair typically only grows about a quarter of an inch — to a half an inch max — a month," says celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend. "If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims."

    4. Baby your hair.
    That means no more daily flat ironing. No more sleeping without a satin pillowcase, bonnet, or scarf. No more using a bath towel to dry your strands--try a microfiber towel or "plopping" with an old t-shirt. To grow longer, healthier, hair, you've got to take care of it.

    5. And don't forget to protect it.
    Switch up the placement of your ponytail or headband. Those cute elastics that hold your puff shouldn't be placed in the same spot every day--that's how I got some of the worst breakage ever. Switch your style, and don't be afraid of protective styling. A 'do that hides your ends keeps them safe from breaking and shedding. Braids, buns, and even a properly installed weave can help to protect your hair.

    Long, healthy hair won't happen overnight, but with these 5 tips, your growth will be unbelievable.

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    Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.


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    Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

    Late yesterday evening, we learned of news that an Angela Davis biopic has officially been approved and is in the works. According to Variety, Codeblack Films has acquired the movie rights to “Angela Davis: An Autobiography” with plans to develop and produce an authorized Angela Davis biopic film.

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    Although still untitled, the film will be produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, most notable for her work on "Dope" and "Fruitvale Station." Jeff Clanagan, CEO of Codeblack Enterprises along with Sidra Smith, a producer on the 2012 documentary "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" are also expected to serve as producers on the upcoming biopic. Davis will serve as executive producer alongside her niece, Eisa Davis, who won a Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play "Bulrusher."

    Angela Davis, 72, is an activist, scholar and writer. A former professor at UCLA, Davis was fired unjustly by the school's administration because of her association with communism, according to Biography. For decades, Davis has become best known for her work as a radical African-American educator and activist for civil rights, among other social issues. 

    Codeblack Films, now a division of Lionsgate, was launched in 2012 with the goal "to serve the global black community through a diversified content portfolio targeted to the underserved African-American consumer." 



    Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie


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    by Michelle Thames of Happilyevernatural.com

    Are you newly natural, a veteran in the game, or thinking about going natural soon? Well this list is for everyone! I was sitting at home one day and I thought to myself, wow, what would I do without certain products that I use for my natural hair?! I would probably be lost without some of my favorite and must have items, so I compiled a list of what I think every natural hair girl needs!

    1. Denman Brush This is the 1st thing on the natural hair starter kit! LOL. This brush will get you through some very tough detangling sessions, and you will rely on it like air conditioning in the summer.
    2. A Good Deep Conditioner A good deep conditioner is a God send! I am literally obsessed with deep conditioners that I have so many favorites. Once you find a good deep conditioner you keep it, kinda like a man! LOL
    3. Perm Rods Look, when in doubt, perm rod it out! I love me some perm rods and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I have an entire case dedicated to all of my different perm rods in all colors!
    4. A Stylist You Can Trust Yes, I said it. You have to be able to trust your stylist, because you can’t have someone who will try to sneak a perm in your conditioner on the low. So make sure you find a really good stylist that you can visit to care for your hair. Do your research and interview some local stylists. Treat this process as if you are an employer looking for the best employee for the job :).
    5. A Good Edge Control Are you on the search for the perfect edge control? Have you tried all the edge controls out here and still come out with flyaways? You need a good edge control that’s going to hold you down, literally! Check out some of my favorites by Mielle Organics, Creme of Nature, and Inspire by Made Beautiful.
    6. A Moisturizing Leave In Conditioner If you didn’t know by now, moisture is a major key in this natural hair game! Having a good leave in conditioner is essential for your regimen. Make sure you find one that fits your hair’s needs. I love Jane Carter,Design Essentials, Mielle Organics and Treluxe.
    7. Bobby Pins Yep you will lose most of them but keep a stash in your purse. You never know when you will need an emergency bobby pin!
    8. Hair Clips Duck clips... claw clips, whatever you want to call them. When styling my hair I need like 8 of them to section off my hair as I style each section. They come in handy every time!
    9. A good Satin Bonnet Your night-time routine should involve a good satin bonnet. You don’t want to break off your edges by sleeping on a cotton pillowcase. If you don’t like sleeping in a bonnet I suggest a good satin pillowcase to sleep on. I love Ebonicurls for my satin bonnets.
    10. A good oil Essential oils are good for treating dry scalp, stimulating the hair follicles, and helping your scalp stay healthy overall. Some of my favorites are sweet almond oil and tea tree oil.
    What are some of your favorites?


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    by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

    You may be a Natural hair veteran and never attempted a Bantu Knot Out or a Flexi Rod Set. You could be a newbie and wanna know more about both styles, but either way, these two styles are so beautiful and lasting that you should at least give them a try.

    Bantu Knots can be a style all on their own or a way to curl hair while a flex rod set is a slight variation of the traditional roller set. Both are protective styles that lasts long and give great frizz-free curls. We've got a video for each style with easy instruction and yield fire results!

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    Bantu Knot Out


    Destiny of Destiny Taylor xo creates an amazingly simple Bantu Knot out with full instruction and in great detail. Love her hair and the style.

    Products she used:
    • Cantu Shea Butter (for Natural Hair) Shampoo and Conditioner
    • Hollywood Beauty Olive oil
    • Pro Styl Clear Ice Protein Styling Gel
    • A wide toothed comb
    • Bobby pins

    Her Method:
    She starts out by washing and conditioning her hair and then gently towel dries it. She detangles her hair using the wide toothed comb from the ends down to the roots, holding the hair in the middle so she doesn’t pull with the comb and stress her scalp. After that, she sections her hair into four parts and moisturizes each section properly using olive oil. When this is done, she starts the Bantu process, sectioning each section into three.

    She applies her styling gel to her roots and strands and carefully twists her hair into the knot. According to her, you can twist in whatever direction you want. Once she’s done twisting, she rolls the hair into a knot and tucks the end under. If the ends can’t stay put, you can choose to hold them down with a bobby pin. She does the same to the remaining sections. She lets the hair dry till the next morning and then slowly unravels the curls and styles in her favorite way. You can do the same.

    Flexi Rod Set


    Mini Marley is another talented and beautiful vlogger with amazing hair. Her flexi rod set is pure gorgeousness and easy to follow with perfect results.

    Products she used:
    • Flexi rods
    • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
    • Jane Carter Solutions Complex Replenish and Repair Oil

    Her method:
    She sections the hair and starts by wetting the ends of her hair and then rubbing the product in (she mixes the smoothie and the cream). After working on the ends, she moves up and applies the product all over the hair. To curl it, she places the flexi rod at the end of the hair and then wraps the hair around it.

    She places the end of the section right at the point where she bends the flexi rod to keep it secure. Once she's done with her hair, she wraps it up in a silk scarf and lets it sit overnight. By the next morning, her curls are set and all she has to do is unravel them slowly to avoid frizz. You can choose to fluff out the roots with your finger or a comb to add volume.

    Both styles are lovely so make sure to try one or both out and share below your resutls.

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